12 November 2013

Australian Positioning Expertise at the Forefront

Matt Higgins, President of the Australian based International Global Navigation Satellite Systems (IGNSS) Society has been appointed to the United States Space-based Positioning Navigation and Timing Advisory Board.

“This is a great honour for Matt, who is one of only six non-Americans appointed to the US Presidential Committee, which advises the US Government on policy issues related to global positioning systems (GPS) and positioning navigation and timing” said Peter Woodgate CRCSI CEO.

Appointed by the NASA Administrator, Matt brings to the Advisory Board thirty years of experience in GNSS, including the USA’s GPS. He is also a participant in the UN mandated International Committee on GNSS where he co-chairs Working Group D on Reference Frame, Timing and Applications.

A fellow of the SSSI, Matt has received the award for “Professional Eminence and Excellence in the Spatial Sciences and is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology.

He is also the Queensland Government representative on the Permanent Committee on Geodesy of the Inter-governmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) for Australia and New Zealand and is actively involved in the CRC for Spatial Information’s (CRCSI) research program focused on developing a national positioning infrastructure.

Matt’s appointment is further acknowledgement of the depth of positioning expertise and experience to be found within Australia, as highlighted by the recent signal integration from the Chinese Beidou and Japanese QZSS satellites systems by CRCSI researchers.

Breakthroughs in GNSS capability will be a focus of crcsi2013 the CRCSI annual conference being held in Christchurch on the 20th and 21st of November.

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